We took it easy and had a leisurely morning. Mum did a few jobs round the place, a bit of laundry and tidying up. I ate some biscuits and did a bit more napping. Mum took herself out for a walk around the town, and then she went and saw the Imitation Game - a great movie she would recommend to all. Then she went grocery shopping for a Chicken, and it was chicken with potatoes and green beans for her dinner and a feast for mine.
Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhh mum loves this photo of me. Amazing how a little bit of movement and blurriness still capture how I am feeling. I am feeling like that camera should just leave me alone!!!
Anyways us girls are pleased that Friday is upon us and the weekend has begun. Mum is dog tired. She worked late last night and was up early this morning, so she is sure she only closed her eyes for a couple of hours. So her lids are drooping tonight just like mine.
Hope you are all ready for your weekend. Have you got some fun things planned?
Mum is very thankful for the long sunny days which she has got to enjoy as she is on afternoon shifts this week. This also means the builder/painters have been able to work swiftly all day and are on track, so maybe only another ten days to go or so. She also likes that my stress levels have been lowered a bit and I am inside when she gets home from work. The hot summer nights mean we now sleep in separate rooms, her in her bed and I have claimed the couch. Life is good!
We haven't seen our little hedgehogs since the builders came. There is a lot of their junk in the backyard and we hope our little pals are ok. Luckily their little tummies were all filled up last week and we are still popping some food out in the garden for them.
So the painters have arrived with their piles of paint to do the outside of our house. Mum had forgotten how strong the fumes are, how intense it reeks into the house itself and she hopes that we will manage to sleep tonight. Especially as she has to work an evening shift and the house will be closed up til she gets home.
Nice of some of the painter team to arrive at 6.30am to pick up some gear and wake mum up quickly as she heard voices outside. So now she is tired and wishes she could nap, but won't as she needs to get ready for work. So tomorrow she expects she will be tired and cranky.
Yes, that is little me, all cute and sleepy. Now I am a big girlcat and curled up next to mum as she is doing stuff on the computer.
Our day was lovely - no painters came although a couple of guys turned up to clear out some rubbish which was good. Mum went out as the sun was beautiful and went for a walk by the beach. She has been having some bad hip pain since Friday, but after some Ibuprofen a bit of exercise seemed to help loosen her up. She bought a couple of candles and some facecloths, all exciting stuff.
Off to the supermarket for some chicken, which she shared a bit with me as about once a month I will beg mum for some of her raw chicken. I only eat two or three tiny pieces. Mum made a spicy chilli chicken with peppers, which she served in a wrap with lots of greens and salad. The good thing there is enough for the next two dinners. Mum loves doing that.
Then some time on the couch for a few family phone calls and bam - the weekend is almost over!!! Hope you have all had fun and are relaxing now.
It has been a chaotic Caturday here. There were at least six men here hammering and making noises as they stripped the paint from this place. Mum lasted til 10:30 am and then she had to leave, while I retreated to under the bed. It was a lovely sunny day so mum took off into town for a big long walk and a couple of visits to the library, then another walk, lunch by the waterfront, another walk and then back to the library to sit and read a book/nod off then another walk and off to meet a bestie for an early dinner, then a twenty minute walk home to feed me my feast.
Mum says that I have been more settled the last two days, not as freaked out by the noisy builders. We never knew that house painting was so crazy, we had forgotten about all the sanding and hammering that needs to be done first.
Mum was also super pleased that work was over for the week, and that she got the chance to get home and put her feet up. Dinner was a simple steak and potato salad, and some fresh apricots for pudding for her and I had my fancy feast. Yum!!!
Hope you are all looking forward to the weekend ahead!!
Last night when mum got home it was very quiet. This is the front of her room, where the painting and building is being done. She looked all round the inside of the house, and was out in the garden calling and calling me. Normally I run to greet her when she gets home, but as the painters are noisy, I have been hiding.
She went down the stairs in the front of our little place, as I normally hide out there. At 7pm - two hours after she got home, mum went up the stairs and called and called and finally I answered. I had found myself stuck over the stairs at the house opposite us, this little villa you can see through the window. Mum was so pleased to see me, and I snuggled with her all night.
Tonight when she got home I was in my usual spot on her bed, so mum was pleased.
Because I am an inside/outside cat I have my own little hidey holes outside, but I am a good girl and always come home and stay inside 90% of the time close by my mum. Mum did consider putting me in the cattery, but I am always a bit miserable when that happens. The other choice was to lock me in mums bedroom with a litter box, but it is real noisy in the house and hot too, so mum is not sure that I would like that either.
So - she will consider how I cope on today and Monday and make a decision at the beginning of next week.
I am very crabulated at the moment. You see the landlords have decided to get our house painted. So on Friday some men came and set up scaffolding. Then the past two days, they have been sanding the house. It is very very very noisy. It was mums day off and after all her working, she was thinking a sleep in would be nice, but knew she would have to be up and dressed before 8am. She was lucky that she could take off for a day in the lovely summer sunshine, but I spent the day hiding both under the bed and under the house.
Also because the painters need power, their cord is through my cat door, so it doesn't open properly. Mum fixed that though today, and will show you the photos later in the week.
So I better get to bed as my sleeps have been disturbed so much this week.
Mum says that she feels like a zombie tonight. After working 30 hours over the last three days (a long weekend in our part of the country ) and eight days in a row at work, she is truly zonked. So she is going to crash out in bed soon. Me - I'm warming the covers up already.
Ahhh we miss the lovely garden we had at our old house, but know we are lucky to have this little space out the back. Perfect to get a little sunshine and get the washing dried. Just enough for a little grey cat.
The mumster spent most of the day at work today. We were lucky and had a couple of hours relaxing this morning, but she didn't get home til 10:30pm. I got my tea then (I like to wait til mum is home for feast time), mum heated up some hot cross buns for herself and watched the news while some washing spun round. She didn't forget the little hedgehog friends in the garden and took them out some cat biscuits and water. They happily munched my biscuits - I was a little jealous I must admit.
So off to bed now, as she has to be up early in the morning.
Do you like todays photos? Mum is sure I am smiling in the last one.
Have a fun Caturday, do something to make you smile too.
Mum did some chores tonight, the dishes, a bit of tidying up and put the crumbs out in the garden for the birds or so she thought. She had been surprised that all the bed she put out during the week was gobbled up real quickly. Now she knows why. Little hedgehoggies are having a picnic. So mum added some cherry tomatoes and chopped apricot for a sweet treat.
She also googled what to feed hedgehogs and found out it is not bread, but dry cat biscuits. Oooops.
Hope you all have a nice weekend planned. The mumster has to work, so we apologise in advance if we don't find time to post. Have some fun!!
Mum reckons I spend most of the day curled up on her bed while she is at work. Once she departs the house is quiet and I can get my quality snoozing in. It is hard when you have only had a 14 hour sleep the night before. Have to get my zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz on.
Mum thought she would bring some parsley trees home to grow in the kitchen windowsill. Good luck with that plan mum. She did add some to tonights dinner for a touch of green - it was a lemon chicken risotto which she said was rather tasty, even if the chicken stock was due to expire in May 2013. I even got a little raw chicken, which I only eat about 3 times a year.
Mum had a touch of the Mondayitis today. She always finds it more difficult to get to sleep on a Sunday night, and it didn't help that the council did some street painting at midnight on Sunday. Truly - we know it is a quiet time for them, but not nice for sleepy girls.
Mum also knew she had a busy day at work, and although it was steady she had pleasant company during the day and things went better than expected. Hoorah!!
So she picked up some ingredients and made a chicken salad for her dinner, and a fancy feast for me. Some dishes were done, the garden was watered, Gdad got a phone call and now a bit of book reading for bed. Me - well I've done lots of napping.
Hello Caturday Kitties!! Are you relaxing yet? I am - in fact I am lying on this quilt just about where mum took this picture. We were lazy this morning and idled in bed, til mum finally got up and showered and dressed. She got the washing on and ate a couple of hot cross buns for her breakfast.
The sun was fabulous today, so mum went out for a walk as she had her hair appointment at 1pm. She turned up 10 minutes early but was told her hairdresser wouldn't be ready til after 1 so mum walked around again, then returned to find out there was another half hour wait.. There is a MacDonalds next door, so mum went and had a drink and read the newspaper. The hairdresser was nice and mum got a free treatment for waiting patiently.
I waited patiently at home too for my fancy feast. It has been a lovely summers evening and mum was pleased to be able to have a quiet evening at home, getting little bits and bobs done.
Hope you all had some fun today and got to take it easy!!
Mum has written about her conspiracy theory on the blog before. You see she is suspicious that Global Warming or the ozone hole may not be the cause of the planet warming up. Yes the true reason is that Easter Hot Cross Buns are on sale in the supermarket on January 1st, even before all the Christmas treats have been sold at half price. You see the weather gods are all confused, thinking that Easter is creeping up months before it is due.
Thank you to Milo for modelling with the buns tonight. We are aware that the use by date is tomorrow, but they were surprisingly fresh.
Once again we have been shocked watching the news. Crazy stuff. We just wish people would learn to get along, take things easy and be grateful for being able to live in this lovely world. People should be more like cats.
So mum went off to the library and then to the supermarket this afternoon. While she was doing her shopping she thought she would check out the shampoo/beauty aisle for specials. Going past the makeup she did notice a girl, in a green t-shirt and pregnant picking up at leas three of the maybelline mascaras and shove them into her shopping bag. It did strike mum as odd, as you usually use a basket or trolley, and put your things in the bag after you have paid for them. Also, those mascaras are $25 each (we know - crazy prices for a basic), so nobody buys three when they aren't on special. Mum didn't like to say anything, cos those girls looked tough.
The girls pushed past mum in the yoghurt aisle and then when mum lined up to pay, she noticed them behind her. They lined up behind mum, then they checked out the chocolates in the middle display,, then they nodded to each other and legged it out of the store. Mum did call over a manager, and they said they would check the security tapes, but not much they could do.
That annoys mum, cos it is us the hard working honest folks that end up paying higher prices cos of those lazy shoplifters. Also when she got home, she forgot to get rubbish bags, her whole reason for being in the supermarket.
So mum was lucky, while so many kiwis were returning to work today after the holiday break , she still has a couple of days off. Me and her had a lovely sleep in, then mum rushed to get the washing out on the line and some tidying up done. The day was cloudy and it was beginning to spit with rain, so she decided to head out for a walk and go to the cinema.
So last week, she went to the middle aged movie theatre out of town, and today went to the one a bit closer to home. When she got her ticket for The Water Diviner it appeared that mum would be the only one in the little cinema, however just as the movie started she was joined by a couple. It was a good movie, a good solid story about a father who goes in search of his three sons, who he believes were killed in Turkey in the first world war. Nothing wrong with a bit of Russell Crowe we say. Middle aged ladies like a bit of a rugged handsome middle aged Aussie bloke.
I was lucky enough to be able to travel around Turkey twenty years ago, and like most Aussies and Kiwis a friend and I made the trip to Gallipoli to have a tour round. It is an interesting place to visit, a beautiful and isolated small part of the coastline with high cliffs. To visit the war graves was profoundly moving, to see the graves of so many of our young men buried so far from home. For the Turks, a sacred site for so many of their own war dead, and they do a great service looking after the area and showing us round.
Mum must admit to having a few tears in the cinema, and just as the movie was coming to an end, the screen went blank and the movie stopped. So mum waited a couple of minutes, rubbed her cheeks, in case the tears had smudged her eyes and then went out to let the young guys know who were in charge. To their credit they came in and apologised and offered hot drinks. Mum doesn't drink hot drinks, but they bought some in for the couple and they also gave them all free tickets for another show. They then played the movie, and mum thinks they only missed a minute or two of the show. Great service from them though. So maybe another movie tomorrow - a real mini film festival!!
Today was a good relaxing Sunday. An early morning for mum, which was good as it gave her time to eat her toast and finish the episode of Downton Abbey that she started last night. How good is this series? Mum loves it lots.
Two loads of washing were done and on the line and then mum went out for a morning walk which was nice as it was just getting sunny and hot as she reached town. A new hair straightener had to be purchased and although mum loved her GHD straighteners, they were awful pricey. So a budget pair were bought, which is always stressful, hopefully not money wasted.
Mum then caught the bus and went to meet some friends for lunch at a nice cafe. It is one of the boys birthday tomorrow, so mum treated everybody to a move to see Big Hero 6, which the boys enjoyed lots. A nice afternoon out for a treat. Mum then wandered into town and walked home which was good to stretch the legs after all of that sitting down.
So dinner was cooked, rosemary and garlic chicken with roasted potatoes and a salad, which mum enjoyed and a feast for me. Then relaxing on the couch catching up with another episode of Downton will I slept quietly on the bed. Life is good.
Ahh the joys of a day off Caturday. As soon as your person vacates the bed, you should assume their position in the bed to keeps it warm. They like that, especially on washing day, when they feels sorry for you and you stay in bed the whole prime washing time. Lucky for me my mumster is a sucker for a sleepy face!!
Today was a quiet day. One of mums besties rang early in the morning to say that her father had died early this morning. Although he had been poorly for sometime it was still unexpected. Our thoughts are with her and her family at this time. It must be hard at this time of celebrations, to have to grieve for a much loved father and grandfather.
Happy New Year my lovely friends. We hope you all have a fabulous 2015. Last night mum and the besties braved the bracing wind and rain, and all the young people and went to a bar!!! One that served tasty food and mocktails, which they enjoyed at old people eating time of 6pm and then went to the movies to see the Hobbit. It was at an arthouse cinema, which basically means a cinema for the 40 plus year olds which is good as it is stocked up with quiet treats (icecream but no chips or popcorn) and has plenty of toilets.
The hobbit was so so. In fact mums friend complained about her 3-D glasses which weren't working too well, so mum gave her her good ones and then watched most of the movie without them. It was all a bit self indulgent battle stupidity and mum was most moved by the short film prior to the main feature which was a little thank you to NZ from the hobbit actors themselves. Hard to believe that it has been part of our lives for 13 years, especially as a lot of it was filmed in the city where we live.
So the mum was home by 11pm and stayed up to midnight then snuck off to bed with me. Hoorah!!!
Today was lovely, full of sunshine so washing was on the line, the microwave was cleaned and mum tackled a bit more of her book. So a bit more reading tonight and tomorrow -such a relaxing way to spend time off!
Hope you all get time to spend with your loved ones too!! Wishing you all wonderful things for the year ahead and thanks for joining us on this journey!